Seattle Pays $2M in Settlement over Fatal Paramedic Delay Linked to Outdated Note System

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Emerging from a sobering dispute, the city of Seattle has consented to pay nearly $2 million to the family of a deceased man, William Yurek. Yurek unexpectedly passed away at the age of 46 in November 2021, following intentions of paramedics delayed because of an outdated “caution note” on his residence. The unfortunate event incited his family to accuse the city of negligence and resulted in a lawsuit.

The tragic incident unfolded every parent’s nightmare when Yurek’s 13-year-old son dialed 911 twice within a span of 13 minutes. Despite the Seattle Fire Department medics reaching the scene roughly six minutes post the initial call, they hesitated to enter the premises due to inconsistencies in the caution notes system.

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The notes, inaccurately listing Yurek owing to earlier tenants, alleged a history of negative interactions with first responders. The family’s lawsuit claims this wrongful inclusion in the notorious “blacklist” led to the fatal delay in medical assistance.

As events evolved, the lawsuit was eventually settled for a hefty sum of $1.86 million, the family’s legal counsel, Mark Lindquist confirmed on Monday. The son’s distressing second call, reporting his father’s deteriorating health, led the medics to resolve to enter the home without the requisite police escort.

Strangely enough, during the child’s second plea for aid, the operator assured him that assistance was en route while medics were, in fact, already on the scene. Furthermore, instructions for performing CPR weren’t provided, a negligence the lawsuit pointed out.

An agonizing twenty minutes passed from the initial emergency call until the medics finally decided to enter the residence. Despite their efforts, Yurek succumbed to a cardiac arrest in front of his young son.

Mark Lindquist appreciated the medics’ attempts to defy protocol and do their best to save Yurek’s life once they gained access to the apartment.

The distressing incident led the Seattle city attorney’s office to significantly revise its caution note system. The adjustments include caution notes about individuals, activities, and materials expiring after 365 days in the system or being reviewed and renewed. Additionally, any need for police assistance due to violent or threatening conduct will require verification after every alarm dispatched to the address, and any caution note will be annulled if the tenant vacates the address.

Lindquist reflected on his discovery of the city’s police escort requirements for residents with caution notes during his investigation into the medics’ entry delay into Yurek’s home.

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Melinda Cochrane is a poet, teacher and fiction author. She is also the editor and publisher of The Inspired Heart, a collection of international writers. Melinda also runs a publishing company, Melinda Cochrane International books for aspiring writers, based out Montreal, Quebec. Her publication credits include: The art of poetic inquiry, (Backalong Books), a novella, Desperate Freedom, (Brian Wrixon Books Canada), and 2 collections of poetry; The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat, (Backalong Books), and She’s an Island Poet, Desperate Freedom was on the bestseller's list for one week, and The Man Who Stole Father’s Boat is one of hope and encouragement for all those living in the social welfare system. She’s been published in online magazines such as, (regular writer for) ‘Life as a Human’, and Shannon Grissom’s magazine.